School & District Management

Web Site Seeks Aid for Katrina Victims

January 17, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Most educators likely don’t even know Lacombe, La., exists—much less that some children at the town’s 350-student Chahta-Ima Elementary School, in the St. Tammany Parish district, continue to need school supplies and clothing months after families there lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.

To help people in rural communities help other rural families in such areas hit hard by the Gulf Coast hurricane in August, a national advocacy group started a Web site——late last year.

Schools listed on the site, established by the Arlington, Va.-based Rural School and Community Trust, need paper and pencils, classroom furniture, and clothing for families who lost belongings, said Page McCullough, a consultant to the trust who helped create the site.

Craig J. Howat wants people to know that Luling, La., and most students’ homes in the town outside New Orleans made it through Hurricane Katrina just fine—but not the school’s beloved science lab.

The lab, located in a portable classroom outside Luling Elementary School, was home to dozens of snakes, alligators, frogs, and other animals that students observed for science lessons.

Storm winds tore the roof off the lab, allowing heavy rains to ruin most of its contents. Somehow, all the animals survived and have been moved, said Mr. Howat, the technology teacher who runs the lab at the 720-student school in St. Charles Parish.

The lab also had a 30-foot-wide butterfly dome outdoors that housed 50 butterflies. The dome was destroyed, and the butterflies perished during the hurricane.

Now, Mr. Howat is asking students to dream big as they plan to build a new “living lab.” Already, donations are helping bring in an architecture professor from New York City next month to assist in planning for a new lab. Costs have not been set.

“I’m making the students work for every bit of it,” Mr. Howat said of the fund raising.

Local high school students have made a videotape about the plans for a new lab, and Mr. Howat’s students are sending out DVD copies of the video, asking for donations.

For information, e-mail Mr. Howat at

Related Tags:


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Teaching Profession Webinar
Professional Wellness Strategies to Enhance Student Learning and Live Your Best Life
Reduce educator burnout with research-affirmed daily routines and strategies that enhance achievement of educators and students alike. 
Content provided by Solution Tree
English-Language Learners Webinar The Science of Reading and Multilingual Learners: What Educators Need to Know
Join experts in reading science and multilingual literacy to discuss what the latest research means for multilingual learners in classrooms adopting a science of reading-based approach.
School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum Get a Strong Start to the New School Year
Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Top Tips for New Assistant Principals From Those Who've Been There
Nurture relationships, learn on the job, take care of yourself—and other key advice.
5 min read
Image of leaders as a central figures to a variety of activities in motion.
Laura Baker/Education Week and gobyg/DigitalVision Vectors
School & District Management L.A. Cracks Down on Homeless Encampments Near Schools, Over the Jeers of Protesters
Under the new restrictions, homeless people would be prohibited from setting up tents within 500 feet of every public and private school.
David Zahniser and Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times
5 min read
A homeless camp in downtown Los Angeles pictured on Sept. 17, 2019. A proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in Los Angeles drew protest at a City Council meeting from demonstrators who fear the rules would criminalize homelessness.
A homeless camp in downtown Los Angeles. A proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in Los Angeles drew protest at a City Council meeting from demonstrators who fear the rules would criminalize homelessness.
Damian Dovarganes/AP
School & District Management Statistics Update: New Trends in Enrollment, Virtual Schooling, and Special Education
New data in EdWeek's statistics pages point to changes in where students are attending school and the services they're getting.
Conceptual image of allocation.
Lea Toews/iStock/Getty
School & District Management Opinion 10 Ways to Include Teachers in Important Policy Decisions
Teachers are the lifeblood of schools, and they should be treated that way.
5 min read
18Goldstein 1126473545